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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • EAT MORE FISH, 1917

Railroads

Third Avenue El: 1910

Third Avenue El: 1910

New York circa 1910. "Looking toward City Hall. Third Avenue 'L.' " 5x7 glass negative, George Grantham Bain Collection. View full size.

 

Lunch With Elibia: 1943

Lunch With Elibia: 1943

April 1943. Clinton, Iowa. Chicago & North Western Railroad "Mrs. Elibia Siematter, employed as a sweeper at the roundhouse." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information.

 

Try the Train: 1937

Try the Train: 1937

California, March 1937. "Toward Los Angeles." View full size. Medium format nitrate negative by Dorothea Lange for the Farm Security Administration.

 

South Water Street: 1943

South Water Street: 1943

April 1943. South Water Street Illinois Central Railroad freight terminal, Chicago. View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano for the Office of War Information. Another view of the big Pabst sign against the Chicago skyline.

 

To Florida: 1908

To Florida: 1908

February 28, 1908. "Motorists starting to Florida." Automobilists heading to Race Week at Ormond Beach from New York. View full size. G.G. Bain Collection.

 

South by Southwest: 1943

South by Southwest: 1943

March 1943. Melrose, New Mexico. Chicago to California trip. "Santa Fe R.R. train." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano.

 

Proviso Yard: 1942

Proviso Yard: 1942

December 1942. Proviso Yard, Chicago & North Western R.R. "A train, or 'cut,' being pushed out of a receiving yard toward the hump. A brakeman rides each train to signal the engineer in the locomotive at the rear." View full size. 4x5 Kodachrome transparency by Jack Delano, Office of War Information.

 
 
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